Liver Cancer Mushroom Supplement – Phellinus Linteus
The most common type of liver cancer is hepatoma, but a mushroom supplement using the medicinal mushroom Phellinus linteus may be coming to the rescue.
The study of mushrooms is called mycology. Mycological experts, like Paul Stamets, know about the amazing antitumor and anticancer properties of medical wonders like the Phellinus linteus mushroom, also known as Mesima, or Meshima in north America.
Medicinal mushroom supplement powders can come from either edible or nonedible mushrooms, but both types have medicinal value, such as antitumor or anticancer effects like the Phellinus linteus mushroom. It was studied to treat hepatoma liver cancer cells by a group of researchers in Taipei, Taiwan.
Phellinus linteus mushroom supplement has antitumor effects
The specific part of the Phellinus linteus mushroom that was studied is the mycelia (or mycelium), which is the vegetative root part of the mushroom, made up of the thread-like hyphae (branching mass of fibers).
HY Huang, SY Chieh, et al., of the Department of Food Science, Nutrition, and Biotechnology at Shih-Chien University in Taiwan studied the Phellinus linteus mushroom supplement made out of mycelia culture for its antitumor properties and how it affects hepatoma cells (liver cancer) in mice. Their goal was to evaluate the effects of Phellinus linteus mushroom supplement (powder form) in vivo to see what potential it had for liver cancer tumors.
The liver cancer cells were treated on a daily basis two months, with the control group receiving a saline solution, and the mushroom supplement group receiving 50 mg/kg, 100 mg/kg or 250 mg/kg of the mushroom supplement powder subcutaneously for 8 weeks.
The results of the study indicated that a “significant reduction in tumor size and was associated with a significant increase in T cell numbers” because of the administration of the Phellinus linteus mushroom supplement.
Researchers concluded that the powder mushroom supplement made with the fungus may “provide a potential therapeutic approach for both immunomodulatory and antitumor effects.” It is hoped that a liver cancer cure can be found to treat hepatoma in patients.
It is interesting to note, for those who want a daily mushroom supplement, but who are not under the care of a physician for liver cancer, that there are medicinal mushrooms with natural antitumor and anticancer effects, but are also very therapeutic for liver disease or undernourished or weak livers that are not working up to par. People who have had hepatitis, food poisoning, or who have issues due to alcohol may want to take a liver-supporting mushroom supplement.
Mushroom supplement complexes can be purchased over the counter for liver support, protection, and strengthening. One of these mushroom complexes (like Lifeforce liver Shield, which I presently take—however, there are many good mushroom supplement brands available) includes a Phellinus linteus (Mesima/Meshima), as well as Cordyceps sinensis, Reishi (Ganoderma lucidum), Shiitake (Lentinula edodes), Coriolus versicolor (Trametes versicolor), and Poria Cocos mushrooms.
Check with your physician before taking any type of mushroom supplement, and know that these are meant to supplement conventional/traditional treatments for liver problems, not to replace them.
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